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Old April 21, 2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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wife got me a double .50!

We all hear of those unexplained phenomenons....where out of the blue a guys wife presents him with a long wanted firearm. I spotted this at the Croy Creek Trader Fair today.








I talked to the feller selling it and he said he bought it new from a bass pro shop or Cabellas (he couldn't remember which) as a consecutive numbered set. He had fired the right barrel a total of three times, and the left one twice on this one. The last shot of the right barrel was to kill a 12 point buck at 65 yards in southern Kentucky. He said he didn't need both of them and wanted to sell this one because the other had nicer figured wood.

Apparently my wife saw me drooling over it, and walking off disappointed that he wouldn't budge off the price...which was more fold'n money than I had brought. About ten minuets later, she walked up behind me with it while I was talking to my buddy that had came with us about the .22 he just bought. Boy was I a happy camper! She said it was for our up coming 3rd wedding anniversary that (until now) she didn't know what to get for me.

This is one of those smoke polls I've always wanted, but would never spend the money on myself to get. What a gem she is! (the wife is pretty good too)

To top it all off, she had chewed him down and got a great deal on it.

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Old April 21, 2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Excellent !!!

Congratulations and you are blessed, in more ways than one. If this is a CVA, I believe that Cabelas was selling these, a few years back. Can't recall what they were called. ...

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Old April 21, 2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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It is marked: Black Powder Only .50cal SPAIN EXPRESS. There is a bear engraved on both lock plates. I've wanted one of these since forever, a .50 double rifle has easily kept 2nd or 3rd place on my "most wanted, but probably never get" black powder guns list) for the last eight years.

Although I don't know much about them. The fit and finish on this one is superb, to say the least. The case hardening is flat out beautiful, the pictures simply cannot capture it. The bore in both barrels is mint, right barrel trigger is crisp, left breaks like a thin glass rod The wood is quite pretty and a higher grade than I would think to be expected of a CVA, not a speck of rust on it anywhere.

Does anyone else have one of these? What is a good load to start with? The twist is not marked visibly on the barrel, but it looks quite slow. I'm thinking round-ball, rather than bullets. It's musket cap ignition.


Did I mention she snagged it for $150 after a little "bartering", shes been watching me work at gun shows
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Old April 21, 2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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Could it be ???

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Did I mention she snagged it for $150 after a little "bartering", shes been watching me work at gun shows
Thar ya go now, breaking my heart. Again and not sure if this is it, cause I have to do some more homework. CVA made an EXPRESS RIFLE, double barrel, in .50 and .54., 28" tapered round barrel and discontinued in 1986. Hope this helps some.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Z-nevB-bA

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Old April 21, 2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Nice buy.

Curious. Do the barrels on a double rifle have a distance where both projectiles will meet at a central point?
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Gee. Hope I said that right?

Now do you sight one of these in? (w/Single set of barrel sights)

Drilling and Double rifles are they one in the same when it comes to flint or cap lock rifles?

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Old April 21, 2013, 07:36 PM   #6
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Curious. Do the barrels on a double rifle have a distance where both projectiles will meet at a central point?
They're supposed to but the cheaper guns aren't regulated all that well. That's one reason very expensive double guns are so expensive.




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Drilling and Double rifles are they one in the same when it comes to flint or cap lock rifles?
A drilling is three barrels, usually two shotgun and one rifle but can be any combination.
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Old April 21, 2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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Sure shot,

According to CVA and everything I can find online, these rifles are supposed to be regulated at 50 yards. They really aren't intended to be accuracy pieces at range...but high firepower (in their day) up close. I will mostly be using it for hogs and a range toy, but it WILL be going to the woods for deer this season. The gent selling it told me it is pretty darn close to dead on at 50 to 70 yards, but we will see on the first range trip. I've always been captivated by double rifles, so I'm very excited to finally get to shoot (let alone own) one

I'm going to try out my new tub of Alliant Black MZ on it, probably with .490 patched round balls. I'm going to call CVA tomorrow with some questions about it and hopefully get a manual. I've been told these handle magnum loads, but we'll see. Several people have told me theirs liked hot (er) loads....like 100 or 110 gr compared to 70-90.


As Hawg said, a contributing factor to the "expensive" ones cost is regulating. I'm not aiming for the clouds on this one, but with what I've educated myself on of double cannons, I think it will meet or exceed my expectations for what it will be used for. I've gotten the idea that there is a fair amount of "Kentucky windage" involved when shooting one at range

I believe a "cheap" double rifle would be anything under $2000?

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Old April 21, 2013, 10:43 PM   #8
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That is her to a T sir..all but the rear sights. I've looked around and I've seen several in okay condition selling for $450+ on gunsamerica.com and GunBroker. One online gunshop had a used one listed for $600
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Old April 22, 2013, 03:49 PM   #9
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Called CVA, it was made in '84 to '85. 1:48 twist, recommended charge 80-100gr under a low to high 300s gr Conical lead bullet. Going to get true regulation this week with 385gr great plains over some 777 with German Hot musket caps.

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Old April 22, 2013, 04:51 PM   #10
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BerdanSS you are one lucky guy. That is a fine looking double rifle. Real bp or Pyrodex may be the best powder to use in any bp rifle or bp pistol because the fouling left behind after running a spit patch down the bbl will help accuercy better. Triple 7 is just not that good for accuercy. I've tried
everything to get Triple 7 to work in my guns but it just don't work for me. I've watched folks at the range with inline rifles with scopes try it and they couldn't get good groups with it at 100 yrds they would go back to Goex or Pyrodex and they would get three shots touching @ 100 yrds. Reason I bring this up is you say this gun may not shoot to well after 50 to 75 yrds so I at least take a bottle of real bp or Pyrodex RS with me just to see the difference in them in your gun. Love the rifle. I'd love to have one of them myself.
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Old April 24, 2013, 05:55 AM   #11
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I wish I could find real black powder around here

I've always used pyrodex exclusively up till a year ago. I got a new tub of the 777 last week on recommendation from a buddy who owns a tackle/gun shop. He had one of these rifles about 16 years ago and said the type of loads I was recommended to shoot, 777 was a hotter slightly cleaner powder.

Thanks for the tip though, I will take both the 777 and some FFG pyrodex with me to the range. I really haven't ever had an issue with fowling for a long while though. I know the superstition surrounding TC 1000, but I'd swear my MLs that are treated and cleaned with it shoot cleaner and more accurately. I even did a side by side test of it one time over a week with two identical rifles (my dad and I both have (had) .50 Deer hunter Rs) and the bore butter rifle shot better and cleaner.

I've been thinking about trying American Pioneer also, and I got some Black MZ for my inline.
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Old April 25, 2013, 04:03 PM   #12
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OH MY Gosh. I wish my wife would buy me a black powder shotgun, heck weve been married 25 years and I havent ever gotten a gun not even a BB gun LOL congrats..
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Old April 25, 2013, 05:12 PM   #13
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I am really interested in hearing about your trip to the range.

That is a good looking rifle. I too have looked at those in the catalogs for years and thought it was very cool. Like you, I have always been intrigued by double rifles. But, I can't justify buying one. I will settle for hearing about yours. I think my facination with double rifles stems from when I was a kid at the local sportsmans club. A guy showed up one day with a MONSTER double rifle (cartridge rifle). I was too young to know what cartridge this gun fired, but as I remember, he had three rounds of ammo. They were far bigger than a 12 guage shotgun shell. He fired ONE round, missed badly, and put it away. It was a very fine, high end, British double rifle, probably intended for an elephant safari in India. I would imagine that today, that rifle is worth six figures.
Not that this matters, but this was (and is) a red neck club where you almost never see any kind of high end gear and if you do it is almost certainly a shotgun for trap shooting. This express rifle was VERY out of place.
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Old April 25, 2013, 06:08 PM   #14
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Nice rifle. Now be sure and do something nice for your wife.
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Old April 25, 2013, 07:22 PM   #15
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Very nice!
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Old April 26, 2013, 08:41 AM   #16
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WOW!! Thats awesome, Congrats! Can I come and touch off both barrels?
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Old April 26, 2013, 05:57 PM   #17
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Sure can....I'll bring the Ice Pack LOL I'm willing to bet in all honesty this thing wont have much recoil seeing how HEAVY it is and all. I'll find out though, making a trek to a pretty secluded 10-200yard FWA range this Sunday. Watch for the range report Sunday PM
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Old April 26, 2013, 06:43 PM   #18
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I beg to differ, I'll bet touching off 200-220 grains at one time will make you wish you didn't, LOL I don't REEEEALLY think I would do the ole girl like that though I will look forward to the report. Again congrats! Nice BOOM STICK!
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Old April 26, 2013, 07:45 PM   #19
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Very nice of your wife Congrats on a great looking rifle,, Hope it shoots as good as it looks ; ) PS 80gr & prb is most accurate out of my 1:48 twist T/C
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Old April 27, 2013, 10:20 PM   #20
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Good gun and a good wife. I am fortunate to have a similar wife, not lucky enough to have a double rifle. I gave her the puppydog pouty face at Cabelas, looking at some 470 Nitro double, but she didn't take the bait.
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I gave her the puppydog pouty face at Cabelas, looking at some 470 Nitro double, but she didn't take the bait.
Put some karats in her hand and try it again.
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Old April 28, 2013, 09:05 AM   #22
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Now why didn't I think of that Hawg. Better yet, we should get a pair of the rifles. And as long as we didn't want to eat for the next 2 years and the kids didn't need anything, itd be smooth sailing. Lol.
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Old April 28, 2013, 09:52 AM   #23
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Just wondering ??

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Do you have any plans on a butt-plate? I know that some of these had a very flat steel plate and I don't see one on yours? ....

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Old April 28, 2013, 01:18 PM   #24
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One great movie about Africa in the 1800's using guns like that. The Ghost and the Darkness (starring Michael Douglas). He wears a pair of Howdah pistols on his belt, carries a double rifle. This is true story of the worst pair of man eating lions ever known. Amazon has it on their 'watch it now' online viewing section.

Anyways, after watching that movie, I have been using a double shotgun muzzle loader and sometimes shoot at targets of lions I print out. But a double rifle would be better, the real thing!
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Old April 28, 2013, 03:13 PM   #25
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I believe he had removed the plate, made the stock shorter and contoured the wood. He was a fairly small guy. I plan on getting one of the lace up type leather recoil pads.
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